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    Default Help w/dx code
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    Can someone help me w/ dx for "HALO"? Pt has a HALO (not visual)....
    Yolanda T. Haskins CPC, CRC, OHCC, AAPC Fellow
    Past AAPCCA Board of Directors 2014 - 2017


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    Default Please help....really need so in put
    Quote Originally Posted by LOVE2CODE View Post
    Can someone help me w/ dx for "HALO"? Pt has a HALO (not visual)....

    Please can someone help me out?
    Yolanda T. Haskins CPC, CRC, OHCC, AAPC Fellow
    Past AAPCCA Board of Directors 2014 - 2017


    Alexandria, VA Chapter

    ~ Practice Kindness ~

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    Default What kind of Halo?
    There are several types of halo that may be placed ... cranial, pelvic or femoral.


    Is this the ONLY diagnosis you have? What's the underlying condition that requires the halo?

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Cool
    Quote Originally Posted by FTessaBartels View Post
    There are several types of halo that may be placed ... cranial, pelvic or femoral.


    Is this the ONLY diagnosis you have? What's the underlying condition that requires the halo?

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
    Primary dx is Quadriplegia 344.00
    ? 2nd dx is Halo (cranial)
    Yolanda T. Haskins CPC, CRC, OHCC, AAPC Fellow
    Past AAPCCA Board of Directors 2014 - 2017


    Alexandria, VA Chapter

    ~ Practice Kindness ~

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    I'm with Tessa on this one.......

    Seems to me that your documentation is only stating the presence of a HALO, but does indicate why the device may have been placed.
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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    Default Not really a Dx
    Well, the patient having a halo isn't exactly a diagnosis. It's more a status.

    Are you coding for the surgeon who placed the halo? Are you in the post-operative period? If yes, then postsurgical state V45.89 is possible.

    You might also look at V48.3 or V48.8 to see if one of those fits.

    If you are actually adjusting the halo at the visit: V53.7 or V53.90

    Is the quadriplegia a result of a trauma? Then look at V54.17

    Hope that helps

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Smile DX
    Thanks for the responses...

    Yes, I was coding for the surgeon. It doesn't state if it was trauma or not. I am requesting the pt's medical records so I can code correctly.

    Thanks again.
    Yolanda T. Haskins CPC, CRC, OHCC, AAPC Fellow
    Past AAPCCA Board of Directors 2014 - 2017


    Alexandria, VA Chapter

    ~ Practice Kindness ~

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